We Are Welcoming You Back
We have been supporting live Sunday morning services for over two months. Each week, we are welcoming more and more worshippers back to our 10:30 AM service in our sanctuary. To date, our in-person experience has been quite good, and no worshipper has yet tested positive for COVID. Our efforts to conduct safe services have so far been blessed by God.
During our re-opening, we have been following the extensive safety guidelines set forth by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Social distancing has been strictly observed, with seating on an “every other pew” basis. All persons entering the sanctuary are required to wear a mask and to submit to a temperature check. Congregational singing is still not permitted as we attempt to limit spray from one person to another. However, we do provide praise song videos during the services so that people can appreciate the music as well as the prayers and the sermons.
Pastor Louis Telcy will be preaching this Sunday, September 13th, before he takes a well-deserved two-week vacation. Our Lay Speaker, Kim Floyd, will be leading our service on September 20th, and Mike Plett will lead us on September 27th. We are encouraging everyone who feels comfortable to attend. We hope to see folks who have been missing for months and to worship together with them once more.
We are currently Live Streaming our 10:30 AM Sunday worship service every week. You can see worship as it is actually happening by connecting to our YouTube Channel "RUMC Live". Our live streaming channel contains services all the way back to August 19th to allow you to catch up with any services you may have missed. During most of those services, Pastor Telcy has been preaching on events described in the Gospel of John. If you subscribe to our channel, you will be notified whenever new content becomes available.
We welcome and encourage all those you feel confident in participating in worship during this continuing pandemic. We hope to welcome many long-time and new congregants during the Sundays ahead.
RESTORE Continues in Operation
The RESTORE Food Pantry continues to operate on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 AM until noon. We are currently serving between 100 and 120 families a week from our facilities. RESTORE not only receives food weekly from Feeding America, but also accepts generous donations and/or financial support from Winn-Dixie, Save-a-Lot, and Publix grocery stores; from our partner South Shore United Methodist Church; from Rice Creek Modular Home Park; and from our ECHO South County neighbor.
Our Thrift Store has been shut down during this pandemic season, and RESTORE cannot collect donations of clothing, furniture, diapers, or garage sale items. We recommend that donations of that kind be routed to the Salvation Army or to Lighthouse Ministries on 78th Street North of Riverview Drive. Similarly, our limited staff cannot accept discarded food items from individual kitchens. Such items can be donated to the Boy Scouts or the Postal Workers during their annual food drives.
Our “Virtual Church” Continues
We continue to gather virtually using the ZOOM application on our computers or smart phones. We are using ZOOM to conduct all our scheduled leadership meetings, and a weekly Wednesday Evening Bible Study on Wednesday at 6:30 PM. During Pastor Telcy’s absence, Connie Mosley will be leading our Bible Study over the next two weeks. Upon his return, Pastor plans on leading us into a study of the letters of John.
On the website, as always, you will also see a link that will allow you to send in your tithes and offerings electronically; if you prefer to send your tithes and offerings by mail, please send them to:
Riverview First United Methodist Church
8002 U. S. Highway 301 South
Riverview, FL 33578
We have added a Community Bulletin Board to the Website for members of our congregation and community. If you want to let everyone know how you are doing during this pandemic, you are welcome to send a message, and it will be posted on the Community Page Bulletin Board.
Remember–God loves you, and so do we!
Pastor Louis Telcy